Community/Communities

<<social grouping, society>>

In the intertwining mass of humanity our lives touch and affect those we live near and interact with no one totally isolated. Consequently, we should each act responsibly for the common good. When communities wholeheartedly adopt a cause, immense power and capability is generated (Gen 11:6; Act 7:57, 19:34).

Jesus, without being tainted by sin, mixed with sinners to show them a better way to live. He ministered to the practical and spiritual needs of those around Him, feeding the hungry multitudes, healing the sick, delivering the demon possessed, and teaching about the Kingdom of God, besides praying and weeping over Jerusalem (Mt 4:24, 7:29, 15:30-37; Lk 19:41; Act 10:38). Although our relationship with God is based on personal salvation, the outworking of that salvation is in the context of community – for the church is but a group of believers that should be impacting the lives of the non-believers in a beneficial and practical way.  By being involved with wholesome community activities, ‘the aroma’ of Christ will be evidenced through our "salt and light" good works that results in God being praised and others desiring to know Him too (Mt 5:13-16, 25:34-46; 2 Cor 2:14).

As believers we are to go into all the world and share the gospel, with the divine pattern being to start locally (at home) before spreading out (Mt 28:19,20; Act 1:8). Our closest

Am I touching ‘my world’ for Christ?

mission field is nearer than we may think, for it may be the unsaved neighbour next-door or a fellow work mate, so intentionally look for the needs and willingly reach across social and racial boundaries to show the love of Christ.
We can have a huge influence among those we know, especially if our lives are being radically changed by the power of the gospel (Lk 8:38,39). As others observe our lifestyle, will it encourage them to follow God or reject Christianity? 

As Christians, we are not to live segregated lives, but rather to connect with the world around us, being a positive influence; seasoning it by various acts of kindness without compromising or adopting its falling values, for although we are ‘in the world we are not of it’ (Jn 15:19, 17:14,16; Act 9:36,39; Rom 12:12-21).
It is imperative to keep a close watch so the devil doesn't gain an advantage over us (2 Cor 2:11; Gal 6:1; 1 Pet 5:8; 2 Jn 1:8).


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